Board of Advisors


Mr. Jeff Miles

Jeff Miles has a B.A. degree in Management and Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa and over 27 years in finance, specifically in operations, sales, and revenue management. He has served as VP of Operations over the past two years. His role in real estate acquisition and development is often relied upon to gain a crucial understanding of potential growth opportunities in future markets.  He works as a financial consultant for ILC clients and advises the ILC team on strategies to improve the management of revenue generated through various strategic business units.

Specific skills include:

  • Multi-year forecasting
  • Cash flow reporting and management
  • Cost control management
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Profit and Loss Analysis
  • Operations management

Dr. Karen Falkenberg

Dr. Karen Falkenberg is a nationally and internationally recognized science and engineering education expert. She has B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Emory University with over 30 years as a teacher educator. She has a patent for solar cell technology. She has taught over 1000 teachers and has individually coached approximately 100 teachers and 25 emerging leaders. She has facilitated professional development in 10 different states at 200 schools. Dr. Falkenberg works as an ILC Consultant on projects that require expertise in undergraduate STEM education and K12 teacher professional development in STEM.

To date, she has done the following:

  • Featured for innovative teaching in a case study of prominent U.S. innovations in science, math and technology education
  • Taught inquiry science education to a select group of the Dalai Lama’s lead monks and nuns in Dharamsala, India
  • Worked with science teachers in Glasgow Scotland to develop inquiry-­‐based science teaching
Heather Pleasants

Dr. Heather Pleasants

Dr. Pleasants received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Language, Literacy and Learning from Michigan State University. She has worked in higher education and community contexts for the past sixteen years. Her skill set includes expertise in qualitative research, program evaluation, project development and management, community-based scholarship, and digital storytelling.Her scholarship focuses on issues of voice, leadership, storytelling and identity, particularly as these are connected to the lives and experiences of individuals who have been historically marginalized.

Dr. Nicole Cabrera Salazar

Dr. Nicole Cabrera Salazar received her Ph.D. in Astronomy from Georgia State University in 2016. She completed her M.S. degree in Physics at GSU and B.S. degree in Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Chateaubriand Research Fellowship from the Embassy of France. As an advocate for equity and inclusion in STEM, Dr. Cabrera Salazar believes that all people should have access to science regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status.